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It is a day of contrasts. I had posted about “A Tale of Two Archbishops”. Now I see Fr. Hunwicke making distinctions about contrasting pairings. Qui distinguit bene docet. My emphases. Ecclesial disorders CLERICALISM versus SACERDOTALISM “If the word had not … Read More
At Rumble – HERE – there is a longish and passionate video from 2 Jan ’22 in English with transcript by Archbp Carlo Maria Viganò, once Nuncio in these USA, then targeted for cancelation by the powers-that-be for knowing too … Read More
I just saw an interesting movie called “Don’t Look Up”. Metaphor for what’s up in the Church right now?
I just saw an interesting movie called “Don’t Look Up”. The central idea is that there is a massive, planet killing comet on a collision course with Earth and by the time this global extinction fact penetrates the fog of … Read More
At Catholic Culture, the perspicacious Phil Lawler makes a good point about the premises of the severely cruel Plessy v. Ferguson legacy document of the Era of Francis. The backward logic of Traditionis Custodes Insofar as Traditionis Custodes provides any … Read More
I’ve had some emails over the last months and weeks from deeply wounded, anxious souls who fear that, in regard to traditional sacred liturgical worship (TSLW), we have gone back to the 70’s and 80’s, all the gains from Ecclesia Dei and Summorum … Read More
At The Catholic Thing, John M. Grodelski makes an obvious but NOT thereby less valuable point. Let’s see. January 1, 2022 was a Saturday. January 1, 2023 is a Sunday. January 1, 2024 is a Monday. Only one of those January … Read More
There might be Alpha and O-micron variants. There is a Xi origin. X marks the spot. Constantine wanted Nicea. Xi… “I want” is, in Chinese, xi?ng. Reuters: Historic conclave: Chinese bishops, priests brief Hong Kong clerics on Xi’s religious views … Read More
WDTPRS: The Traditional Latin Mass and the NON-Traditional Latin Mass (Novus Ordo) are NOT the same simply because they are both in Latin. Wherein Fr. Z explains also the motives of those who attack the TLM.
The hatred shown for traditional sacred liturgical worship of the Roman Church, and the excuses claimed for its marginalization and extirpation are rooted in more than “Spirit of Vatican II” ideology and it’s companion specter, the papalatrous “Spirit of Vatican … Read More
This message from a friend sums up what I believe a great many people are feeling right now. They say I sow schism because I remain faithful to the Faith and customs of my forbears. I feel like I have … Read More
An old phrase, I believe attributed to Trotsky, says that you might not be interested in war, but war is interested in you. This is proving to be true, as members of the hierarchy in Rome, close to and at … Read More
The Bergoglians – papalatrous and fervid – are today doing exactly what their progressivist counterparts in the 1970’s did: they accuse “rigid” bishops of “not getting with the groovy program, man.” Back then, the progressivist fear was that young people … Read More
With great respect to Fr. John Hunwicke, I reproduce here, entirely, his recent comments about the ecclesial “status” of the SSPX. This is a theological curve-ball thrown for a strike on the inside. In terms Fr. H would perhaps be … Read More
I received an interesting press release today which points to a serious problem that arises from the incoherent and intentionally cruel Traditionis custodes, the legacy document of Francis, his Plessy v. Ferguson. My emphases: Cardinal Müller criticizes restriction of the … Read More
A friend sent this: I never played Oregon Trail, but I watched enough Westerns and studied enough history that I get the gist. Today’s day thought experiment: The wagon train is headed west. After crossing the Mississippi, things seem … Read More
At The Catholic Thing there is a good description by David Carlin of the miserable, enervated choke the bishops showed the world at their last USCCB meeting. As my dad, a connoisseur of baseball puts it, it’s hard to win with … Read More
The Fishwrap is known by various monikers. The editors call it the National catholic Reporter in defiance of a decree of their local bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Bp. Helmsing, who ordered them to remove “Catholic” from their … Read More